Saturday, April 19, 2014

Poca & Poca

So I've sneaked another visit to Dubai the past week, I'll disclose the reasons in an upcoming post..
The weather is gorgeous at this time of the year so I tried my best to stay away from malls as much as I can. However, no trip is complete without a bit of shopping here and there and Gallery Lafayette had a small pop-up of Poca & Poca which was somewhat hard to dismiss ..
And being a sucker for details, I just couldn't resist the cuteness of this cape even though it's not a Muhajaba friendly item but I'll try my best to make it work and you shall be the judge if I managed to hit or miss in this task..
So how would you style it ?

Sneak Peek : The M2


The reveal of The M2, the newest project of Al-Salhia Company took place last Thursday as I was among the few who took the first look and met the local talents behind the project..
First we were greeted by the architect Jassim Al-Shehab where he explained that Al-Salhia wanted to come up with a new concept yet maintain the identity of the location so the M2 to be an art piece which shall serve the place well..
The Concept on level M2 houses 5 local dining concepts and each one to tell their story..


The first concept is "Dikakeen", an Arabic Colloquial term for a group of kiosks..

"Dikakeen" will serve Kuwaiti Fusion food, and will host live cooking by Kuwaiti chefs to showcase their take on local dishes..



The second concept is "Doppio" taking us to the deeper heart of Napoli, which is Italian for Double so it would house a pizzeria & Napolean street food.

Amr Alrefai the mastermind behind Solo Pizza Napulitana, which I previously featured Here !
So this is his second restaurant "Doppio" which in addition to the Napoletan Pizza he will be serving Napoletan fried street food .. While keeping it simple, delicious and genuine..

The Pantry

The third concept is " The Pantry "  Local artisanal bakery that produces freshly baked cakes, pies & artisanal bread..

This is the first physical location for the bakery to serve great tasting wholesome food made with high quality ingredients, the owner told us her story on how she transformed her business from a small home business..


Life with Cacao, that's actually their third branch in Kuwait after the one in 360 Mall and their branch in The Avenues. So this location will have a small cafe' and a retail section to sell chocolates.
With an exclusive menu dedicated to the new location only..

The last concept which is  "Ridley's Burger", a local concept inspired by Ridley's Market in London. Taking inspiration from the 1950-1940's the chairs, walls, flooring and most of the materials used are selected with care from that era.
Ridley's  Menu will be a mix of American and British burger while focusing on gourmet ingredients  such as rare ingredients and high quality along with sides and appetizers..

Thank you Pretty Little Things; Noaf for the kind invitation..
The M2 should be up and running within a month if not less from now..

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Julie Jolie Bunnies



No trip to Dubai is complete without few visits to Level Shoe District in Dubai Mall, the ultimate shoes destination..
And who would resist the temptation of coming up with excuses to buy another pair of shoes?
Julie Jolie a newly launched brand in Level exclusively, which sadly I couldn't find further information about..

The bunny ears on both of the heels and the flats were irresistible, I've tried them both to test them out and their padded as well to give additional support..
I made a promise to myself to not to buy any more suede shoes, since I manage to ruin them in no time ! The salesperson was kind enough to mention that their among the best sellers in Level ..
I'd consider them a nice fun factor to compliment any outfit..

Weekly Sugar OD: Lilac Cheesecake


My friend reccomended this cheesecake from a local business concept called The Cheezery,  their mainly focused in making different kinds of cheesecake..
I went for the Lilac Cheesecake since the name sounds tempting and who would say no to desserts infused with flowers !

صديقتي مدحتلي بزنس محلي اسمه ذا جيزيري ، الكونسبت من وراه انه يركز على انواع مختلفة من الجيز كيك..
النوع اليديد اللي مسوينه اهوا الجيز كيك بطعم 

The crust itself is infused with Lilac flavour, very light and fragrant, then there's a layer of fluffy cream topped of with the crunchy noodles on top, silvered pistachio and rose petals..
The cheese cake came with additional sweet syrup to be sprinkled on top..
الطبقة اللي تحت مطعمة بالورد وفوقها طبقه مثل الكريمة انا حسيت طعمها مايل للمهلبية وبعدين فوقها شعريه محمرة، فستق و ورد مجفف ومعاها كان شيرة عشان تنصب فوقها 

It was divine, perfect fusion of East meets west and a great crowd pleasure..
So prepare a shot of Arabic coffee and Enjoy !

The Cheezery
Tel : 97779486

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Breaking News : Alexander Wang x H&M


This partnership marks the first time that an American designer teams up with H&M on the much anticipated designer collaboration.
The New York based Fashion Designer’s eponymous brand has firmly established itself by perpetually evolving and re-contextualizing the urban uniform, since it was launched on the runway in 2007.  Alexander Wang’s core sensibility is a reflection on contrasts, blending seamlessly between the refined and the imperfect.  His collections have an unprecious outlook on fashion, and always reflect a sense of ease.
The Alexander Wang x H&M collection will feature apparel and accessories for women and men.  Typical for his irreverent approach, Wang will propose a new take on the lifestyle product offering that goes beyond fashion.  The full collection will be available in 250 H&M stores worldwide, and online starting November 6, 2014


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